Hello dreamers! I’m RaChil from The Cwafty Blog. I am ecstatic to announce that from now on every first and third Saturday of the month I get to be your surrogate Allison!
Today I’m sharing with you guys a summer sewing project that is absolutely delicious!
Truth be told, I am not a huge fan of summer. As far as seasons go here’s my list; Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love the school break, but the heat, blinding sun, and constant humidity make me dread June-August every year. I live in a beach town and am considered a huge oddball for not liking the sand, sun and waves (read itchy, burn-y, and gross).
The only redeeming factor this season has in my opinion is ice cream. Sure, you can have ice cream any old time, but during the summer there is just something more to ice cream. Maybe I’ve been conditioned by the fact that this town dies off in the winter and my favorite ice cream parlors reopen in the summer, but I would say icy treats are by far the best part of summer for me. That’s what inspired today’s yummy project!
- 1/2 yard outer fabric
- 1/2 yard lining fabric
- 1/4 yard applique fabric
- 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
- Sewing Gauge
- Embroidery Thread
- Embroidery Needle
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Matching and Contrasting Thread
- Large paper (for pattern making)
- Popsicle Pattern
Step 1: Print out the popsicle patterns and cut them all out. The large popsicle will either need two pages taped together, or a sheet of legal size. Once you’ve got all your patterns, cut 3 single minis, 3 double minis, and 1 large popsicle out of your applique fabric(white) and your fusible interfacing.
Step 2: Using your iron, fuse your fabric popsicles to their interfacing counterparts.
Step 3: Grab your yardstick, large paper and a marker and draw out these patterns for your bag and the straps.
Cut one out of main fabric, one out of lining fabric.
Cut two out of main fabric.
Step 4: Fold your main body piece in half so that it makes a square. Now grab your sewing gauge and use it to place your popsicles evenly. I placed the far ‘sicles 2 inches from each edge of the fabric and then centered one in between those two.
Being very careful to not mess up your placements, apply a thin layer of fabric mod podge to the back of the popsicles to keep them in place til we sew them on.
When you have all your popsicles firmly in place, you’re ready for the next step!
Note: The reason the popsicles look all molted in the bottom picture but not the top is I tried to wash off the mark-b-gone marks and it clearly backfired. Luckily when I washed the whole bag and tossed it in the dryer, it finally all came off. *Whew* Disaster averted.
Step 5: Using the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, carefully sew around the edge of each popsicle. Go very very slowly would be my advice, especially at turns or around curves. For a lot of this I just turned the hand wheel of my machine. It takes a little time, but its well worth it in the end.
Step 6: We haven’t done anything with the big popsicle yet so lets break that one out! I decided to jazz up the bag a little and hand wrote “Beat the Heat” in pencil on the main popsicle.
Then I embroidered it. I used a simple split stitch, which just involves making a stitch and then coming back up through that stitch therefore making it “split”. Find out how to do that stitch here!
Step 8: Flip over your tote main piece, so that we are on the blank side. Now center the big popsicle, ‘podge it down, and then zigzag stitch around the edges just like with the small popsicles.
Step 9: Fold your first strap piece in half like a hot dog and pin all the way down the long side. Then sew down that edge with a 1/8th in. inseam.
Now turn that long tube you just sewed inside out. Flatten out your strap so that the seam lines up with the edge of the strap. On the opposite side of the seam, pin the whole length of the strap. Then top stitch 1/8th in. over all the way down.
Step 10: Sew down the edges of the main part of the tote with a 1/4 in. seam.
Flatten out the corners of the bag. Pin, and mark 1 in. down from the very tip of the corner.
Sew down that line you just marked, this will create a boxed corner and give the bag some depth. Trim the excess fabric when you’re done.
Look at that beautiful crisp corner! Repeat with the other side and the lining as well.
Step 11: Choose where you want your straps to be located, pin the first one in place.
Bring the opposite end of the strap up to meet the pinned down end.
To make sure your placement of your straps is even, fold the half of the bag you’re working on in half. You can make sure its exactly half by lining up the seams, as you can see in the bottom left corner.
You can now use the straps on the first half of the bag to help place the straps on the second half.
Step 12: As you saw in the last pictures, the tote is inside out. Now make sure the lining is the opposite, it should look “right” with the stitches on the inside and the seams on the outside. Insert the lining into the main section of the bag this way, making sure to line up the seams like below so that everything is even.
Sew around the whole bag with a 1/4 in. inseam. Stop when you’re about 2-3 inches from the beginning of your sewing.
Step 13: Now we need to close that gap, but we should also top stitch around the top edge of the bag to make sure the lining stays in place. So pin all the way around the edge, starting at the gap, to make sure that’s secure.
You’re bag is all done now! I love love love how it turned out! Its going to get a bunch of use, probably past it’s seasonal appropriateness, but who cares?
Til Next Time!